UNDP Country Director visits CHTDF projectAug 27, 2013
In her introductory visit to Chittagong Hill Tracts from 26 to 27 August Pauline Tamesis, Country Director of UNDP Bangladesh visited Rangamati Hill District and managed to meet key stakeholders of CHTDF including local Government Institutions-Rangamati Hill District Council (RHDC), Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police and civil society leaders. She was accompanied by Shaila Khan, Assistant Country Director, UNDP, Bangladesh and Henrik Fredborg Larsen, Director, CHTDF.
During her meeting with RHDC, Aung Sui Pru Chowdhury, a.i. Chairman of RHDC and Erfan Sharif, CEO thanked UNDP for its continuous support for capacity building and advocacy for speeding up the Peace Accord implementation. They requested Country Director to extend support for CHTDF health component funding which is supposed to end after September 2013. CD thanked RHDC for their sincerity in implementing the LOA activities with CHTDF and requested to strengthen the project with local and GoB contribution.
During her meeting with Mostafa Kamal, Deputy Commissioner of Rangamati, the UNDP CD discussed the local situation, peace accord implementation, challenges and scopes. In the meeting with Amena Begum, Superintendent of the Police, the UNDP CD was briefed on the activities and results of Victim Support Centre. She was also informed of the residential problems of women police staff and limitations of resources and logistics of police to support citizens in general.
She attended a workshop of ‘Women peace makers’ facilitated by a local confidence building component and interacted with some local peace makers. She heard their experiences on recent incidents including the Taindong Attack at Matiranga. Later, she inaugurated a Football grooming session for under-14 CHT girls at Rangamati Stadium.
She visited Shilchari PDC, at Subolong Union under Borkal Upazila. At Shilchari, she observed CHTDF funded community projects on agriculture, cow rearing, fish culture etc and interacted with Para Development Committee (PDC) and Para Nari Development Group (PNDG) members and CHSWs. She was impressed by the HDC managed agricultural services and health services to community. She commented that stronger cohesiveness, increased income and agricultural extension services and health services – ultimately enhance self-reliance and confidence. She advised PDC to make a sustainability plan and think to support CHSW as community level help service provider.
The UNDP CD had meeting with CHTDF Regional Coordination Team to learn more about the project’s vision and management. She also met all staff members of CHTDF and attended a dinner hosted by them.
She expressed her satisfaction after observing firsthand the hard work and commitment of the staff members and thanked them for the results achieved by the project.